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Default What You Need to Know About Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex

200 Road to Justice
West Liberty, Kentucky 41472
Warden: John Motley
Secretary: Jill Bailey

Phone: (606) 743-2800
Fax: (606) 743-2811

Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex is a medium security institution located in the Appalachian Region of Morgan County in Eastern Kentucky. Construction began in January 1986 with the ground breaking ceremony presided over by Governor Martha Layne Collins. In order to meet the growing need for inmate housing, the institution was designed to be completed in two phases. The first phase was completed and began receiving inmates in February 1990. Phase II was completed in December 1991. The cost of both phases was $72,979,200. A 50 bed minimum security unit exists outside the fence. The institution sits on 157 acres of land. The design received the 1990 Kentucky Society of Architects of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award of Design Excellence.

Institutional Information

Security Status: Medium/Minimum
Date Opened: 1990
Population: 1689
Total Acreage: 157
Total Staff: 377
Black Inmates: 34%
White Inmates: 66%
Annual Cost Per Inmate: $13,114.45
Daily Cost Per Inmate: $35.93
Annual Operation Budget: $17,903,000

Accredited by American Correctional Association (ACA)

Inmate Programs
The Programs Department is responsible for implementing and maintaining inmate programs designed to assist inmates in becoming productive citizens upon their return to society. To this end the following programs are available to qualifying inmates:

Programs Moderated by EKCC Programs Staff:

Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous: Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism/drug addiction.

Cage Your Rage: This program deals with anger management through the use of workbooks and videos. The videos include dramatized scenes to stimulate discussion and demonstrate anger management techniques.

From Prison to Paycheck: The ex-inmates' complete guide to successful employment. This program is designed to help inmates prepare for life outside of prison.

Life Without a Crutch: This program is an introduction to recovery from addiction. It describes what addiction is, its causes and effects, the rewards of overcoming it and ideas on how to begin.

Wellness Club: While not an actual "club", this group concentrates on Wellness issues, such as stress relief, nutrition and disease prevention.

Breaking Barriers: Changing Directions by Breaking Barriers is a powerful and comprehensive program designed to provide tools and techniques to assist individuals and groups in breaking barriers that hold them back.

Design for Living: A Design for Living is a highly effective program for educating and treating offenders who are substance abusers.

Success with Stress: Inmates are encouraged through videos, worksheets, and discussion to explore their own stressors and coping strategies and to make lifestyle changes where necessary.

Prison to the Streets: This is a lifeskills program designed to help inmates prepare for their release from prison while incarcerated.

Programs moderated by Chapel Staff/Volunteers:

ACTS Drug Program: The Alcohol/Chemical Treatment Series (ACTS) Program is a 13-week program that centers on how addiction affects the body.

Making Peace with Your Past: This 13-week program is for individuals who have a desire to grow as an individual and to learn from past failures and pain.

Parenting for Prevention: This 7-week program is taught by staff of the Alert Regional Prevention Center from Ashland, Kentucky. The aim is to equip parents to take the lead in preventing their kids from getting mixed up with alcohol and other drugs.

Master Life: A 26-week study of spiritual principles leading to a certificate from the Sunday School Board of Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Practical Living: This is a 10-week program that concentrates on grief, suffering, communication, problem solving, empathy, truth telling, integrity, responsibility and developing trust in relationships. Dr. Leonard Knight, Director of Graduate Studies at Kentucky Christian University, authorized and teaches this program at EKCC.

Anger Management: Participants learn what their various sources of anger are, to stop their anger before it starts, the connection between violence and anger, the effects of substance abuse on anger and how to learn to live at peace with others.

Divorce Recovery: This program allows the individual to deal with the different aspects of divorcing with the good of developing healthier relationships in the future.

Grief Share: This 13-week Christ-centered program offers support to individuals who have experienced a major loss in their life - usually through the death of a loved one.

Education Programs

The Eastern Kentucky Branch Campus (EKBC) operates under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Qualifying inmates have three different types of educational opportunities to choose from - Adult Education (GED), Occupational/Technical (OT) programs and a college general educational Associate Degree:

Adult Education Program: The Adult Education program offers classes for students functioning on any level of learning ability. Pre-GED and GED exams are offered monthly for optimum student convenience and opportunities for success.

Occupational/Technical Programs: EKBC offers five different OT programs. The five programs are: Air Conditioning Technology, Carpentry, Masonry, Plumbing, and Small Engine Repair.

College Program: An Associate Degree in Liberal Arts is offered through the Hazard Community College's Lee Campus in Jackson, Kentucky. Courses are delivered at night for maximum service to working students.

General Inmate Information

Instructions for Sending Mail to an Inmate

Inmate mail should be addressed as follows:

Jim Doe #124536 Dorm 8AU09
200 Road to Justice
West Liberty, Ky 41472

Prohibited Mail: Incoming mail may be rejected if it falls into any of the following:

The mail contains plans to smuggle contraband into or out of the institution.

The mail contains threats of physical harm against any person or threats of criminal activity.

The mail contains information to formulate escape plans or to commit a crime or to violate a prison rule.

The mail contains solicitation of gifts, goods, money or things of value from individuals or entities other than family or established close friends.

The mail contains a code or gang insignia.

The mail contains obscene language or drawings.

The mail contains any information which, if communicated, would create a threat to the security of the institution.

The mail constitutes free advertising material, fliers, and other bulk rate mail except that received from a recognized religious organization sent in care of the institutional chaplain. This mail may be discarded upon receipt.

The mail contains Postage Stamps or a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE).

All mail that does not contain a complete return address will be returned to sender. You must have a complete return name and address for mail to be accepted.

This list is not all inclusive, if you are unsure about whether an inmate can receive the mail or not please contact the institutional mailroom.

Sending Money to an Inmate by Money Order

Inmate accounts is responsible for handling all money related items for each inmate. This includes processing incoming money orders and posting to the inmates account, issuing checks requested by the inmate and forwarding them to the designated individual/company and address. Inmate accounts section handles over 200 money orders on any given day. All money orders are posted on the day the inmate accounts office receives them, barring unforeseen circumstances. To assist us in processing money orders in a timely manner please follow these DO's:

Send U.S. Postal Money Orders only. All others will be returned.

Place the U.S. Postal Money Order in an envelope by itself.

Address the envelope legibly. Both from and to address must be able to be read.

Only 5 money orders per calendar month are allowed per inmate.

$200 limit on money order unless from immediate family, per money order

All information must be filled out on the money order itself. Ensure from name/address and the inmate name/number appear on the money order.

If using priority mail, place the money order in another envelope with the appropriate addresses, inside the priority mail container. The inmate is not allowed to receive these containers.

Sending Money to an Inmate by Western Union

Please note this is the Quick Collect ONLY. Individuals using this system should note they need to fill out the BLUE QUICK COLLECT FORM. The funds will be electronically sent to the Inmate Account Bank. Western Union money orders will not be accepted. Only U.S. Postal Money Orders will be accepted through the mail.

The same rules for postal money orders such as only 5 transactions in one month and $200.00 limit except immediate family members still apply. Transactions which do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.

The institution will receive a list of inmates receiving fund transfers each workday morning. This will be posted to individual accounts each working day before 12:00 p.m. For example: If you take the money to Western Union on Tuesday, it will be available on the inmates account on Wednesday by noon. A receipt will be sent to the inmate through institutional mail the same day.

If you would like to use this service please call Western Union at 1-800-325-6000 to find the nearest agent. Go to Western Union's agent location with the following:

Cash Amount you would like to send

Western Union fee paid in cash



Code City and State: ROAD TO JUSTICE, KY

Account Number: Inmate Name and Inmate ID Number

Remember to keep your receipt for tracking purposes.


If it is necessary to phone the Complex in an emergency, the telephone number is (606) 743-2800. Either the Chaplain or the Captain on duty should be notified of emergencies. The only way an inmate may speak with you over the phone is when he calls you. No inmate may receive a telephone call from outside the institution. All inmate calls shall be collect and you are responsible for the charges.

Visiting Information
Visitation Times

Note: Visitors must be checked in at the Front Lobby desk no later than 2:30PM to be allowed to visit. All visits can be up to two hours in length unless the Visiting Supervisor determines otherwise (i.e. due to excessive number of visits).

General Population-Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays :
8:30 – 11:30 am, and 12:30 – 3:15 pm
Behind Glass Visits for General Population-Saturdays and Sundays
8:30 –11:30 am and 12:30 – 3:15 pm

Administrative Segregation-Monday
8:30 – 11:30 am
Protective Custody-Monday
12:30-3:15 pm

General Visiting Rules:

NOTE: Inmates may not receive a visit during their first weekend at EKCC.

No more than three (3) adult visitors shall visit an inmate during a contact visit.

No more than two (2) adult visitors shall visit an inmate during a controlled visit.

Physical contact within the bounds of good taste shall be permitted at the beginning and end of each visit. (one brief kiss and hug).

Sexual stimulation or activity shall be strictly prohibited.

Children must be kept under the parental control at all times.

Infants (0-1 year) may be held by the inmate. All other children must be seated or held by visiting parent or guardian.

If a minor is accompanied by a non-parent or guardian they shall be required to have the written, signed and notarized consent of the parent or guardian.

Infants under the age of six months may visit unlimited times without a social security number, provided the person bringing them meets all the guidelines to visit.

All trash must be placed in the appropriate containers at the end of each visit.

Smoking will not be allowed.

Dress Code

Visitors clothing and dress shall conform as close as possible to accepted dress within the community and shall require clothing to be in good taste as not to offend other visitors, staff and/or inmates. This includes:

No spandex clothing.

No tank tops or tube tops.

Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be at least knee length.

No sleeveless shirts (to include see-through sleeves).

Shirts must be capable of being tucked into jeans, slacks, or skirts.

No low-cut or provocative clothing will be allowed, i.e., tight fitting pants, low-cut shirts, fishnet clothing.

Appropriate undergarments must be worn, i.e., bra, panties, underwear, a slip worn with a dress.

No hats will be permitted.

Visitors must wear shoes.

Gloves are not allowed.

Items Allowed in the Visiting Room

Thirty-dollar limit ($30 in $1 bills and silver change).

Vehicle keys (1-Ignition key 1-Door key, no key chains).

Clear container for money (Plastic baggie, coin purse).

Essential infant items (1-plastic bottle, 3-diapers), no toys, and no glass baby food jars.

Visitors may leave a U.S. Postal Money Order for the inmates in a locked box at the front lobby reception.

Visitors may wear (1) watch, (1) ring, (1) necklace and (1) pair of earrings.

Items not allowed in the visiting room shall be returned to the visitor's vehicle. Any items left in front reception will be disposed of by staff.

Any visit may be terminated immediately at the discretion of the visiting area supervisor if he/she determines an incident to be of a serious nature.

Any violation of the above-listed rules will result in immediate termination of the visit and/or disciplinary action.
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